Detour Ahead! Avanti!

21 May

Detour Ahead! Avanti!

Slight change of plans and I am excited all over again. I’m going to Venice! After my hike in the Dolomites I will spend an entire day roaming the streets and canals of this exotic city on the Adriatic Sea. I have seen the major sights before. No tours. I just want to walk the streets and ride the vaparettos on the Grand Canal, to see the light from the water play on the facades of the palazzos. I remember well the first time I arrived in Venice. My train had just pulled in from Florence and I was walking toward the doors of the station. I saw water right in front of me, and my first thought was “Look at that giant swimming pool.” Not quite, just the Grand Canal.
Here are a couple of current photos pulled from Trip Advisor.


This is St. Mark’s Square. My hotel is not far from this location. Housed in two old buildings Hotel Panada will provide me with a culture and ambience distinct from the Tyrolean and Ladin culture of the mountains I have just left.

Once upon a time long, long ago…

Scanned Image-24_2 Scanned Image-25_4


21 Responses to “Detour Ahead! Avanti!”

  1. bobmunch64 May 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Venice should be fun on your own terms, Rosemarie. It is one place I did not get to when I was in Italy, and have always wished that I had gone there. Just take some pics!

    • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      The last time I was in Venice I took six photos. Six? I guarantee I will take more than that this time.

  2. Heyjude May 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    We spent a day in Venice last year in June. Very hot and very crowded so we just tramped around fairly aimlessly snapping all sorts of things, bridges, gondolas, buildings etc. I’d love to go back when it is quieter to actually go into some of the palaces, but with limited time I wasn’t prepared to spend two hours in a queue!! Have fun!

    • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Standing in line is not my idea of fun either. I doubt I will get back to Venice in the future, so this is my last chance.

      • Heyjude May 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

        Well you are staying close by to the sights so maybe you can be first in line 🙂

      • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

        I thought I might take the vaporetto out to the islands.

      • Heyjude May 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

        oh yes, that’s a good idea. We didn’t have time to do that but I’d love to see Murano, Burano and Torcello.

  3. ladyofthecakes May 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Einen ganzen Tag…? Steady on!! 😉

    • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Besser als keinen Tag. I don’t expect to get back that way again. I’ll just be too close not to visit Venice one last time.

  4. lagottocattleya May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Great! I love Venice! Have a good time!

    • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you. It’s just for a day, but I will be too close not to go.

      • lagottocattleya May 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

        One day is better than no day at all! I sometimes dream of going when the carnival of masks is on, but I think that’s held on difficult times for me to take a holiday.

      • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

        Carnival would be amazing to experience,

      • Rosemarie May 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

        Experiencing Carnival would be amazing.

  5. magnoliamoonpie May 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    fascinating Venice 😀

  6. Linda Arthur Tejera May 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Venice sounds wonderful! Like everyone else said, take lots of pictures!

  7. Sherry Galey May 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Thanks for bringing me back to my magical trip to Venice. Beautiful light in that first image and I love those vintage shots — so great to have.

  8. ruthincolorado May 22, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    My cousin just returned from Venice and loved it. Lucky you!

    • Rosemarie May 22, 2013 at 1:52 am #

      I’ve been twice before many years ago. No more tourist stuff. I just want to hang out in the streets and on the canals to soak in the atmosphere.

  9. ladyofthecakes May 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I’ve found another detour destination for you… look at this!

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